Do you often dream of having your own business but don't know where to start? Well, you are not alone.
Some people actually find it hard to start a business because they are afraid of the risks of failure and get intimidated by the amount of money and planning they have to invest in. But what if we tell you that business can be simple? What if you can build your business right now, from the comfort of your home, with practically no risk?
Yes, you can. And we can safely say that it's a risk-free endeavor as you only need two things: creativity and something that you can easily find on your table--paper. Yes, we will give you some inspiration to kickstart your creative business using this common yet versatile material. It's simple and easy, and the only limit is your imagination. Are you ready?
Remember that elementary school art assignment where you had to make a sculpture from a mix of paper and glue? Yes, paper mache or papier-mâché, which means "chewed paper" in French, is one of the most straightforward yet handy paper crafting techniques where you can literally make any shapes you want. With only a certain amount of flour or adhesive, water, and used paper such as old newspapers or books, you can start paper mache-ing and crafting your first products right away.
Typical paper mache crafts vary from bowls, baskets, animal sculptures, vases, and so on. And you can always have potential buyers online as long as you put some creative twists in your products. Now, this is where your creativity should go and do the heavy lifting--we won't tell you what you should create as it will no longer be unique if we do so! But if you're stuck, you can try this page for some inspirations (wink).
Paper can also be quilled to make art! In paper quilling, a piece of paper is cut into strips, rolled, shaped, and glued into decorative crafts. Quilling can be done with bare hands, but if you aim for neater and more marketable results, there are some paper quilling tools that you can get online. The paper used in quilling is usually text weight paper or print paper that you can easily get anywhere. Pro tip: try using colored ones to make your quills more lively!
Instagram artist Kertase Craft has proven that paper quilling can be a promising creative business opportunity. You can also make accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with paper quill beads. The possibilities are endless!
Hmm? You're interested in the idea but don't want to get your hands dirty? Okay, just let the tech take over.
No, we don't mean some Terminator-esque stuff or anything like that. There's a kind of paper crafts that you can make by utilizing your supposedly friendly printer at home. With printable arts, you can start crafting miniatures, 3D shapes, or articulated paper dolls with just a piece of paper, a digital printer, a pair of scissors, and a school glue or a tape.
Crafting websites such as this has hundreds of printable animal designs you can download and print for free. If you are a tech and design-savvy person, you can also make your own printable templates and sell them online on platforms such as Etsy.
Now we're getting into a more mainstream yet still potential territory here. Did you know that the greeting cards market has a $7.5 billion annual retail sale? With the growing trend of handmade greeting cards in recent years, this papercraft can be your creative business idea to do at home.
Greeting cards can vary depending on the holiday. But the most common ones are birthday cards. You can incorporate many things in them, but make sure that they have some uniqueness. And, copywriting is as important as the design when it comes to greeting cards. So, always make sure your greetings are well-written and catchy.
In this world where generic electronic greeting cards can be broadcast to your digital inbox every holiday, let's preserve the tradition so our children can enjoy the joy of receiving more personal, physical, greeting cards, shall we?
People love preserving their precious memories with scrapbooks. That's why they remain a popular gift choice for anniversaries, weddings, and graduations. Lately, custom-made scrapbooking has also become a business opportunity with a lot of potential. You can start making your custom scrapbooks too. All you have to do is unleash your creativity and portray the best memories with your decorations.
What? Don’t look at us, it’s your turn now. What are you waiting for? Now that you know kickstarting your creative home business can start from something as simple as paper, it's time to get to work (and also time to follow our Instagram for more inspiration). Best of luck!